Today at church we celebrated the Baptism of the Lord. I use a Sunday Missal and this Sunday the reflection was such a great reminder and hit me so personally that I wanted to share it with you. I know so many people who need kindness – they are experiencing GREAT struggles and HUGE burdens. You know these people too. The sick, the downtrodden, the hungry, the unemployed, the lonely, the elderly, the despairing, the homeless…I could go on and on. You know as many as I do. And you personally might fall into any one of these categories.
Living With Christ – Sunday Missal – 2010 through 2011
January 9, 2011
Baptism of the Lord
At the end of her email messages, one of my friends includes a quote, ancient wisdom reminding the reader to be kind because everybody has great struggles or burdens. Her note may well have been inspired by today’s beautiful first reading from Isaiah. (Our first reading was Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7)
As we celebrate Jesus’ baptism, Isaiah reminds us that the message Jesus brings to our world is a message of justice and tenderness: God will not crush those who are “bruised,” nor quench the light that is “dimly burning” in anyone. Today, if we are feeling “bruised” by the injustices of life, our hope dimmed, let us take time to listen and allow the comfort and strength of these words to sink deep into our being.
At the same time, let us be mindful of others struggling around us, whether we know their struggles or not – perhaps a confident young person, or a fellow worker, a neighbor, an elderly person, a family member. Let us resolve to crush no one, nor to put out anyone’s light by impatience or dismissal or gossip, or by participating in injustice. Let us reach out with care and stand always for justice. When we do, we join ourselves to Jesus’ ministry. And just as the Father is well pleased with Jesus, and the Holy Spirit comes to strengthen him for the challenges ahead, so too we will receive God’s blessing and strength for our journey. –Beth Porter
As North Georgia braces for a huge winter storm I am reflecting on this tonight. Whether we know their struggles or not…Let us resolve to crush no one, nor to put out anyone’s light!
If you’d like a Missal of your own, I highly recommend the one I use. You can find it here: